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Arts, Culture, Humanities : Performing Arts

Chicago Shakespeare Theater

Engaging and entertaining audiences

four stars

91.19

800 East Grand Avenue Chicago, IL 60611
tel: (312) 595-5656   Web Site
EIN: 36-3467607

Board Leadership
Steve J. Solomon
Board Chair

CEO
Criss Henderson
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 91.19 four stars
  Financial 94.16 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 07/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST) offers a broad spectrum of theatrical experiences year-round, engaging and entertaining audiences from all walks of life and from around the world. The plays of William Shakespeare form the core of our company's work and subscription series, featuring selections from Shakespeare's 38-play canon complemented by other dramatic works - from traditional classical theater to new classics that resonate with Shakespeare's timeless insights into the human condition. As Chicago Shakespeare strives to share our uniquely American brand of Shakespeare with the world, so do we also strive to bring to Chicago some of the best theater the world has to offer. To our World's Stage Series, we bring international theatrical productions to our city, presenting new cultural expressions and experiences for Chicago audiences and artists alike.

Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST) offers a broad spectrum of theatrical experiences year-round, engaging and entertaining audiences from all walks of life and from around the world. The plays of William Shakespeare form the core of our company's work and subscription series, featuring selections from Shakespeare's 38-play canon complemented by other dramatic works - from traditional classical theater to new classics that resonate with Shakespeare's timeless insights into the human condition. As Chicago Shakespeare strives to share our uniquely American brand of Shakespeare with the world, so do we also strive to bring to Chicago some of the best theater the world has to offer. To our World's Stage Series, we bring international theatrical productions to our city, presenting new cultural expressions and experiences for Chicago audiences and artists alike.

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Financial

four stars

94.16

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 07/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.
Overall Rating Chart
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity's total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
83.3%
  Administrative Expenses 9.7%
  Fundraising Expenses 6.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.08
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.11
  Program Expenses Growth 5.1%
  Liabilities to Assets 33.6%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Chicago Shakespeare Theater on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Chicago Shakespeare Theater on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Chicago Shakespeare Theater (IL) 91.19 four stars
People's Light & Theatre Company (PA) 88.74 three stars
Great Lakes Theater (OH) 88.50 three stars
Old Globe Theatre (CA) 91.86 four stars
Mint Theater Company (NY) 90.96 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $15,884,987
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $964,994
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $511,000
Total Contributions $17,360,981
   Program Service Revenue $7,764,189
Total Primary Revenue $25,125,170
   Other Revenue $582,055
TOTAL REVENUE $25,707,225
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $14,968,344
   Administrative Expenses $1,675,273
   Fundraising Expenses $1,011,011
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $17,654,628
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $8,052,597
   
Net Assets $40,662,219

Program names and associated costs are listed for the top programs as reported on the charity's most recently filed Form 990. The top programs displayed will include the largest three programs, or those programs covering at least 60% of the charity's total expenses, whichever comes first.

Program Name Amount Spent % of Program Expenses
Theater Performances $14,968,344 100.0%

Ratings History
Chicago Shakespeare Theater has received 7 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-06 07/01/2019 91.19 four stars
2017-06 07/01/2018 90.52 four stars
2016-06 11/01/2017 90.91 four stars
2015-06 10/01/2016 91.24 four stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 91.18 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 09/01/2015 92.13 four stars
2013-06 09/01/2014 92.25 four stars
2012-06 08/01/2013 90.61 four stars
2011-06 03/01/2013 86.18 three stars
2010-06 09/20/2011 79.48 two stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-06 11/24/2010 81.13 three stars
2008-06 10/01/2009 84.31 three stars
2007-06 08/01/2008 86.21 three stars
2006-06 07/01/2007 93.46 four stars
2005-06 07/01/2006 89.06 three stars
2004-06 07/01/2005 96.04 four stars
2003-06 06/01/2004 93.38 four stars
2002-06 06/09/2003 95.94 four stars
2001-06 10/15/2002 98.34 four stars

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 36-3467607
Name in IRS Master File CHICAGO SHAKESPEARE THEATER
NTEE Code A65
NTEE Classification Theater
NTEE Type Arts, Culture and Humanities
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (88) Community theatrical group
(149) Other instruction and training
(995) Described in section 509(a)(2) of the Code
Foundation Status Organization that normally receives no more than one-third of its support from gross investment income and unrelated business income and at the same time more than one-third of its support from contributions, fees, and gross receipts related to exempt purposes.  509(a)(2)
Deductibility Contributions are deductible
Affiliation Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations).
Group Name [Not Applicable]
Ruling Date March, 1987
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
  • June, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$397,062 2.24% Criss Henderson Executive Director
Other Salaries of Note
$407,372 2.30% Barbara Gaines Artistic Director

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Chicago Shakespeare Theater (IL) 91.19 four stars
Alley Theatre (TX) 92.13 four stars
Center Stage (MD) 86.65 three stars
Honolulu Theatre for Youth (HI) 90.34 four stars
Cornerstone Theater Company (CA) 86.04 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Chicago Shakespeare Theater
800 East Grand Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
tel: (312) 595-5656
fax: (312) 595-5607
EIN: 36-3467607

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Board Leadership

Steve J. Solomon
Board Chair

CEO

Criss Henderson
Executive Director

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